Jay Z has had a busy week.
In addition to recently being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, making Jay Z the first rapper to receive that honor, he and wife Beyoncé have also just had their twins. And on top of all that, he’s just announced a brand new album: 4:44.
However, this album won’t be available just anywhere but instead will be exclusively available to Sprint customers as well as anyone who subscribes to Tidal as part of a recently announced partnership between Tidal and Sprint.
“Today is an exciting day to be a Sprint customer,” said Marcelo Claure, Sprint president and CEO. “Jay Z is a global icon and we’re giving customers an incredible opportunity to be among the first to experience his new album 4:44. Our loyal, existing customers, and customers who switch to Sprint, can experience the album exclusively, plus access a complimentary six-month trial of Tidal HiFi, giving them access to content they can’t get anywhere else.”
Sprint and Tidal have also announced their commitment to the 1Million Project, which is focused on helping 1 million high school children in low-income areas that do not have access to the internet.
The announcement comes after fans have long been speculating that a new album is on the way, especially after posters and online posts saw the numbers “4:44” and the date “6.30.17” everywhere.